Of Interest… No. 0002

via Bob Mason, @bmason

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Governments Turn to Commercial Spyware to Intimidate Dissidents

Technology is neither good nor evil, but it’s application is tied to the ethics of individuals.

Better with bitcoin

Application of blockchain and public ledgers to verify scientific protocols.

Building Products

“A product succeeds because it solves a problem for people. This sounds very basic, but it is the single most important thing to understand about building good products.” Bill Warner taught me that some of the best products and most valuable companies don’t solve problems — they bring joy. The rest of the advice provided by Julie Zhuo is spot on.

Social Commerce Struggles To Drive Sales

I find it fascinating that as the world increasingly shifts to mobile and our worlds become deeper connected, that the fundamentals of our ecommerce experience remain rooted in the underpinnings of the early web.

IFTTT: The Would-Be Lynchpin of the Connected Home

It’s natural that we’re going to need a third party to connect all the world’s devices. IFTTT has a good opportunity, but I worry that connectivity isn’t a big enough financial opportunity to allow them to remain a strong, independent business.

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